PAMELA MEREDYTH COLWELL H’17
Pam Colwell died on Apr. 4, 2001, in Manchester, Mass. She was 94.
She was born in London and was predeceased by her first husband, Lt. Colwell Calthrop Thorne, DSO, of England who was killed in WWII. She later married Kent Galbraith Colwell, a revered member of the Class of ’17, and settled in Morristown, N.J., where she was active in numerous community affairs including the Morristown Memorial Hosp., the Mount Kemble Home, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Victorian Home, and the Daughters of the British Empire. Pam was a woman of conviction, courage, and wit. A marvelous communicator, she skillfully held a large family together with love, warmth, and understanding. She was a faithful attendee at all of ’17’s reunions until she moved from Hightstown, N.J., to Manchester in the mid-1990s.
Pam is survived by her son, Frederick G. P. Thorne, her daughter, Jennifer Hayden, a stepdaughter, Ann Catherine Menniger, a stepson, David Galbraith Colwell ’51, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, to all of whom deepest sympathy is extended.
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WILLIAM DRAPER LEWIS JR. ’26
We just received word of William’s death in 2000. William lived in Blue Bell, Pa. At Princeton, he was a member of Court Club.
Draper received his master’s in education from the U. of Pennsylvania in 1932, after majoring in history at Princeton. He was then a field examiner with the Natl. Labor Relations Board starting in 1938.
He will be missed by many.
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EDWARD EUGENE REILLY ’26 Edward died on May 23, 2000. He left Princeton his freshman year and in 1926 graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown Law School with an LLB degree. He was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. He then returned to Princeton and acquired a bachelor’s in history in 1933 and a master’s in politics in 1936. He also passed the preliminary exam for a PhD degree in politics.
Ed practiced law in Trenton, N.J., but entered government service in a legal capacity. He was an attorney for the Unemployment Compensation Commission of N.J. and then became the principal attorney for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. He was a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ed took great interest in various Catholic organizations in and around Chicago. He has no next of kin and he lived in Cashiers, N.C., at the time of his death.
I think the following verse from “Old Nassau” should be repeated here:
“And when these walls in dust are laid
With reverence and awe
Another throng shall breathe our song
In praise of Old Nassau.”
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RICHARD TEOPHILE SCHWARTZ ’26
It was only recently that we learned of Richard’s death on Jan. 14, 1997.
He retired as a consulting actuary. He was also a former employee of N.Y. Life Insurance Co., the N.Y. State Employees Retirement System, and Colony Life Insurance Co.
After graduating from Princeton, Richard attended Columbia U. During WWII he served in the Navy and later was listed in Who’s Who in the Business and Finance Industry.
Richard was also a great sports enthusiast; he was a nationally certified track and field official, a medalist in the 1980 Pennsylvania Senior Citizens Games, and a past president of the Lynchburg Track and Field Club.
His memberships included Gideon International, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Princeton Club of NYC.
Mrs. Schwartz can be reached at Apt #161, 451 Sand Hill Rd., Hershey, PA 17033-2088.
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ERIK BARNOUW ’29
Erik died on July 19, 2001. He was 93. Born in The Hague, Holland, he prepared at the Horace Mann School. At Princeton he played basketball and soccer. He was editor of the Nassau Literary Magazine, a member of the Triangle Club, Theatre Intime, the Executive Committee, Phi Beta Kappa, and Key and Seal Club.
He was a writer and editor for CBS and an editor for NBC. While holding a professorship at Columbia U., he wrote a trilogy on the history of radio and television broadcasting that anchored his reputation as the foremost scholar of broadcasting.
After retiring from Columbia, he received an honorary degree from that university. He became a Wilson scholar, then chief of Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress. His awards were numerous and included the Eastman Kodak Gold Medal and a Life Achievement Award. He was national chairman of the Writers Guild of America and a member of the Society of American Historians, which established an award in his honor.
His survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son, Jeffrey; two daughters, Susanna and Karen; a sister, Elsa; a grandson, and a great- grandson. To all of these the class extends its sincere sympathy.
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HOWARD ELTING JR. ’30
Howard died in his sleep at his home in San Rafael, Calif., on July 1, 2001. He was 93. A native of Chicago, Howard came to us from Exeter. At Princeton he was manager of freshman hockey, was in Triangle junior and senior years, and was head cheerleader senior year. He was a member of Cottage Club.
At graduation Howard entered the Foreign Service, where he served with distinction for 30 years. As vice consul in Geneva he learned from a German friend of the Hitler order for Jewish extermination and reported it to his superiors in Washington, the first government official to do so. For this he was named a Righteous Diplomat at the U.N. by the Visas for Life Program.
Tragedy struck Howard when his first wife and 16-year-old daughter were killed in a plane crash. Two years later he married Marjorie Treat and adopted her infant son, John Elting Treat ’67. Marjorie died of cancer in 1974, and his third wife, Norka Haskins, died of cancer in 1995. Howard is survived by John E., two stepsons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The class extends its sympathy.
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CLARENCE EDWIN LINVILLE ’30
Ed died July 13, 2001, on the eve of his 92nd birthday. He was born in State College, Pa. In college he was a member of Whig Hall and roomed with Tom Frame. Following graduation he received a master’s in history from Rutgers U. and spent most of his career as an educator and administrator in the New York public school system. During WWII he served four years with the Army, teaching military intelligence and achieving the rank of major. On retirement in 1972 he continued his activities in various community organizations.
Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan Gay Linville; his sons, John E. and James C.; and four grandsons.
The class extends its deepest sympathy.
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THEODORE PAUL HENRY ’31
Ted Henry was born Sept. 24, 1909, in Perth Amboy, N.J., and after a long life of illness, died on Dec. 20, 1999, place unknown.
He prepared at Newark Academy, and at Princeton was on the class football team and the baseball squad.
No known survivors; if any, the class extends its deep sympathy to them.
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CHARLES JOSEPH MORONEY ’31
Charlie, a bright red-cheeked Irishman, was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and died Dec. 12, 1999, address unknown. His last known address was 230 Lime Ave., Long Beach, Calif., and presumably he was still in California when he died.
He prepared at Summit [N.J.] H.S. and at Princeton was on the swimming squad, art editor of the freshman yearbook, member of the editorial board of The Tiger, asst. art editor of the Bric-a-Brac, member of Triangle Club, and member of Charter Club.
One thing for certain: Charlie lived in California long enough to become a native. Among his positions there was that of port purser for the Perry Navigation Co. of San Francisco. From that time, we lost track of him.
No known survivors.
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DAVIS READE POST ’31
Dave was born April 28, 1910, in Constantinople. His father, a physician associated with Robert College in Constantinople, was responsible for Dave’s remarkable geographical background, for in his early years he also lived in Washington, D.C., Cambridge, Mass., and NYC. David died on Dec. 15, 1996.
He prepared at Lawrenceville, where he was quite active. This continued at Princeton, where he played tennis and won the senior tennis tournament; was news editor and assistant editorial editor of The Daily Princetonian; manager of the University Orchestra; member of Clio Hall; and member of Tower Club. We have no information about his life since graduation.
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GEORGE A. CHADWICK JR. ’32
Jay died on July 20, 2001. He lived in Buckinghams Choice in Adamstown, Md. He prepared at Gaithersburg H.S. and Saint Albans School and at Princeton was treasurer of Madison Club, and a member of Whig-Clio, Delta Sigma Rho, and Theatre Intime. He roomed with Joel Johnson sophomore, junior, and senior years. He received his LLB from Georgetown U. and was admitted to the DC bar in 1936 and to the Maryland bar in 1944. He conducted the Chadwick Bar Review School from 1937 until he entered the armed forces in 1943. He was discharged a captain in 1946.
He entered the practice of law in 1938 with Frost, Myers and Towers. In 1968 he became associated with his son Charles in general practice. Following his retirement from law, Jay indulged his lifelong interest in railroading by organizing and operating the Maryland Midland Railway, Inc., a short-line railroad operating along nearly 70 miles of track in Carroll and Frederic Counties in Maryland.
We send our condolences to his widow, Jill, and his four children, George III, Charles, Jane Adams, and Don Seaman.
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FRANK A. WEST ’32
Frank died on June 15, 2001, in Carmel, Calif. He was born near Stockton, Calif., and grew up in Washington D.C., spending the school year there and returning to Stockton in the summer. After graduation he received an MBA at Harvard in 1935. During the next two years he was a junior accountant at John F. Forbes & Co., in San Francisco. He then returned to Stockton to become office manager for West Wilhoit Co., owner of farm property. He also managed his own farm property.
From 1941-45 he was in the Navy. In 1943 he married Gene MacDonald. In 1945 the family moved to Stockton and lived there until 1974, when they moved to Pebble Beach and in 1990 to Carmel Valley Manor. He was treasurer of the San Joaquin Tuberculosis Society and vice president of the Stockton United Crusade. From 1959-74 he was a director of the Bank of Stockton, resigning the position in 1974 and becoming director emeritus.
He is survived by his daughter, Terry, his son, Bradford, and grandson, Alexander, to whom the class extends condolences.
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STEPHEN AILES ’33
Our illustrious classmate Stephen Ailes died on June 30, 2001, following several strokes at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 89.
Steve was born in West Virginia and after Princeton (of which he was an emeritus trustee), he received his law degree from W.Va. Law School. He joined the Washington law firm of Steptoe and Johnson as a litigator in the antitrust field.
Steve took considerable time out from law for government service. In 1947 he served briefly as counsel to the American Economic Mission to Greece. In 1961 Pres. Kennedy named him undersecretary of the Army. Pres. Johnson promoted him to secretary in 1963, when the US began to commit combat troops to Southeast Asia. He resigned the next year, not in protest, although later he expressed concern about the conflict. He was president of the Assn. of American Railroads and he was also a member of the Panama Canal’s Board. He was a member of Ford’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Intelligence Oversight Board. He was also chairman of the George C. Marshall Foundation.
In 1939, Steve married Helen Wales, whom we knew as Nellie. She died in Mar. 2001. Steve is survived by a daughter, Hester Abbuhl, three sons, Richard, Steven, and Walter, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. This warm friend and valuable citizen will be greatly missed.
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EDGAR CLARK DAVIS ’39
Ned died at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., on June 1, 2001. He prepared for Princeton at Taft School and for his entire working life was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand Co., retiring as corporate secretary. He spent the last years of his life confined to his home because of physical limitations. Although illness beset him in his last weeks, he never lost that buoyant spirit we remember. He spent a few days in the hospital, where he sang Princeton songs and love ballads to the nurses, flirted with a friend who came to visit, and told ribald jokes to those who would appreciate them. After coming home to his own bed, he comforted and encouraged his loved ones around him, filled the awkward moments with humor, and enjoyed an excellent martini. His children Jed, Cyndie, and Diane were at his bedside when he left to celebrate a heavenly birthday date with the love of his life, his wife, Marion, who died in 1987. He is survived by his three children, his brother Dick ’44, four granddaughters, a great-grandson, nine nieces, two nephews, and many good friends.
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ELISHA PEARIS DOUGLASS ’39
“E.P.” died Apr. 12, 2001, in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he had lived since 1958. Writing in our 50th book, he referred to his failing memory and a permanent limp from a motorcycle accident. Last year his wife, Louisa, wrote that they were living in an excellent retirement home, where he was being extremely well cared for in the health center.
E.P. received his master’s in journalism in 1941 and was a reporter for a year at the Hartford Times. After four years with the USNR, he earned his PhD at Yale in 1950 and became a history professor at Elon College, which led to his post as professor of history at the U. of North Carolina from 1951-85. He also wrote a column for about 50 newspapers, a commentary on the biblical curriculum issued weekly by the Natl. Council of Churches for study in Sunday schools. A member of various historical societies, he was the author of two books of history.
Besides Louisa, E.P. is survived by his daughter Adair, son Earl, stepson Marshall MacIsaac, and three grandchildren.
We offer them our sincere sympathy.
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JOHN THOMAS PITTENGER ’40
John Pittenger died Sept. 20, 2000, after an extended illness. After attending Kiski, he graduated in our class with a degree in physics. He was a member of Tower Club.
During WWII he served in the Navy in the Pacific theater aboard the carrier John Hancock, achieving the rank of lieutenant. John earned his master’s (1949) and doctorate in (1951) in science and physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He returned to his home in West Virginia to work with the Homer Laughlin China Co. for 33 years as a physicist and quality control expert.
Throughout his life, he actively engaged his passion for the outdoors, while dedicating himself to the service of his church (Christian Church of New Cumberland, W.V.) and his family.
John was predeceased by his brother, James G. ’43. To his nephew, John C. ’78, his nieces, Pauline Zapp and Eulaine Deist ’73, and his sister-in-law, Pauline, the class extends its sincere sympathy.
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GEORGE L. RUSSELL ’40
“Tom” Russell of Oxford, Pa., formerly of Gladwyn, Pa., died on July 25, 2001. He was 83. He was the son of George Lewis Russell ’17, and prepared at William Penn Charter School. At Princeton he majored in psychology, was active in sports, and captained the varsity soccer team.
From 1942-46 Tom served in the Navy as a line officer on transport duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and was discharged as a lieutenant commander. His last 25 years before retirement were spent in investment brokerage.
Tom had a keen sense of social responsibility, serving on boards and working in the area of rehabilitation with young alcoholics.
To his children, George L. III, Lee Walsh, and Anne McCulloch, and his four grandchildren, his classmates extend their sincere sympathy.
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EDWARD A. WILLIAMS ’40
The notice of Ed’s death on Dec. 29, 1999, reached Princeton’s Alumni Records’ office and this memorialist much delayed. The class offers its belated regrets to his several nieces and nephews.
Ed was born in Cincinnati and attended the Hughes H.S. there. He was an English major at Princeton, and a member of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society and Gateway Club. He always credited Princeton and Princetonians for his career choices and successes.
Thus, upon graduation Ken Meyer ’43 persuaded him to visit his home in Australia. There he began teaching at Geelong School near Melbourne. The father of Pat Merle-Smith ’40, Col. Van S. Merle-Smith ’11, military attache to the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, asked Ed in April 1942 to join Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters G-2 (intelligence) staff.
After the war, Edward Pulling ’20, founder of Millbrook School, asked Ed to teach English there and be a housemaster for 13 years; thereafter he headed the English Dept. at the Nichols School in Buffalo for 24 years until he retired.
Along the way, Ed coauthored a book on the postal history of Australia’s Northwest Territory. His hobbies were ornithology and stamp collecting.
His classmates will remember with pleasure Ed’s positive outlook and his lifelong dedication to the education of our nation’s youths.
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HENRY CAMMANN VAN RENSSELAER ’42
Harry died May 27, 2001, in Austin, Tex., his home since he retired from the oil business in Calgary, Alberta, in 1993. Although he entered the securities field after the war, his first love was oil exploration and development, serving as vice president-finance of Bow Valley Industries from 1965-75 and as chairman of Polaris Petroleum from 1980-93, both in Calgary. He was widely respected in the Calgary oil patch for his quiet capability and his encouragement of younger people’s careers.
Harry came to Princeton from Kent, but left prior to graduation to join the war effort, serving for five years in the Air Force. An outstanding tennis player, he was ranked 18th among American tennis players in 1957, the first player over age 35 to break into the top 20. He also won his international ski instructor’s certificate at the age of 53 and shot a 74 in his last round of golf in April, a month or so before his death.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Sue, on May 9, 2001. To his daughters, Jacqueline and Roseanne, and to his seven grandchildren the class extends its most heartfelt sympathies.
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THEODORE J. S. CALDWELL ’43
Ted died April 15, 2001, of complications following two open-heart surgeries. He was 80.
He prepared for Princeton at Phillips Exeter Academy and majored in chemical engineering.
Following Navy service in WWII, Ted attended Rutgers Graduate School of Banking.
He became president of J. L. Caldwell Co., Wayne Co. Land and Mineral, and Caldwell Campbell. He was the former chairman of First Huntington [W.Va.] Natl. Bank, and vice president of Dingess Rum Coal Co.
Ted was active in the Elks, American Legion, and Boy Scouts.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth; three daughters, Lynn Glendenning,, Barbara Martin, and Elizabeth D.; one son, T. J. S. Jr.; and eight grandchildren.
To the entire family, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy.
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JAMES JULIAN CHISOLM JR. ’44
Jules died on June 20, 2001, in Baltimore. He came to Princeton from Gilman and played on the lacrosse team, was president of the Madison Debating Society and news editor of the Prince. He majored in chemistry.
He received his MD from Johns Hopkins in 1946 and spent five years in clinical pediatrics and biomedical research, interrupted by Army service mostly in Germany. He became interested in lead-related blood poisoning in children, and dedicated himself to research ways to extract lead from those so poisoned. In its obituary, the New York Times noted, “Dr. Chisolm is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of children with his introduction of a treatment called chelation.” His publications helped persuade many cities, including New York, to ban lead paint. He testified before Congress in support of a 1978 federal law which virtually banned the use of lead, the use of which dropped 78% in the next 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia, a son Edward, and his sister, Mary Mountcastle. Saving lives and improving the health of thousands was his legacy to “Princeton in the nation’s service.” We are humble in the light of his accomplishments.
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JOHN W. FOSTER ’44 *49
John died in San Angelo, Tex., on June 8, 2001, after a period of failing health. He came to Princeton from Peddie School. He left for war service in the infantry, returning to graduate in 1947 and take a master’s degree as well.
A practicing psychologist for 10 years at Skillman Village, near Princeton, he then worked at a Colorado aerospace company, then as a consultant in Dallas, and then with GTE in San Angelo as director of personnel. Later he joined Consolidated Edison in Connecticut as a psychologist and taught at the U. of Conn. When he retired in 1995, John returned to San Angelo, where he had family, and followed his hobby of making lapidary jewelry.
He and Jacqueline had seven children, John, Susan, twins David and Thomas, who died several years ago in an automobile accident, Kathy, Peter, and Scott.
The class extends its sympathy to the entire family.
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DONALD S. KENNEDY ’44
After many years of suffering from Alzheimer’s, Don died on Apr. 4, 2001; a memorial service was held in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., on May 19.
A graduate of Lawrenceville Academy, he was the son of James Kennedy ’11, a Daily Princetonian editor. Don was a member of Cannon Club; he roomed with Doug Donald.
After service in WWII as a bombardier in the Asian theater, he enjoyed a career as an investment banker starting with Kidder Peabody.
His home for many years was in the Oyster Bay and Quogue areas of Long Island, where he was active in community affairs, including the presidency of the Quogue Pool and Tennis Club. In retirement, he became a licensed real estate agent.
Don was predeceased by his wife, Toby. His first wife, Barbara, and their two children, Dana and David, survive, as do a grandchild and three stepchildren, Robin, Renee and Mary Jo. Dana noted that “Dad remembered the words of the Fight Song up until the end, and this would always bring a smile to his face.” We share in the family’s loss of a loving Tiger.
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JOHN R. WAGENSELLER ’44
Perhaps the friendliest extrovert in our class, Jack died on Mar. 18, 2001, in Greensboro, N.C., after a lengthy illness.
Waggie, or Wags as he was affectionately known, came to Princeton from Germantown Academy. He was a scatback on the varsity football team and a member of Colonial Club.
After Naval Air service, he spent 30 years with RCA. He was ’44 reunion chair twice, entertainment chair for over 25 years, class president, and class secretary. He missed only five reunions in 56 years. Jack retired from RCA in 1982 to become assistant director of the Alumni Council for eight years: In that role he made major contributions to university-alumni relations, including the alumni colleges.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan; sons Jay, Jud ’75, and Bayard; daughters Jana and Gretchen; and seven grandchildren.
Many classmates in reunion jackets attended his memorial service in Princeton on May 30; Reggie Bishop, Bob Greeley, and Herb Hobler gave tributes, which followed 10 minutes of Jack’s favorite jazz selections; Ted Meth officiated.
We all share in the loss of this exemplary Princetonian.
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LOUIS WILBUR OCHS JR. ’45
Lou died of cancer on Nov. 10, 2000, in Memphis. Lou entered Princeton from St. Louis Country Day School and was active in many sports and other extracurricular activities. He was a member of the freshman soccer team, the 150-lb. crew and joined the Triangle and the Glee Clubs. He was a member of Elm.
His Princeton career was interrupted by service as a torpedo officer on the destroyer USS John W. Thomason with the Third Fleet in the Pacific theater. He returned to Princeton to take a degree in English in 1944. He then joined the D’Arcy Advertising Agency in St. Louis. He married the former Patricia Anne Roberts in 1949. They divorced in 1976. In 1958 Lou moved to Memphis, continuing in advertising, sales, and sales management with the Hager Hinge Co., from which he retired in 1989.
Lou was an avid hunter, fisher, and boatsman. He is survived by his second wife, Annah, his sons, Louis W. III and Jeff, two sisters, and two grandchildren, to all of whom the class expresses its sympathy.
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WILLIS DUANE TODD ’46
Duane died June 1, 2001, of cancer.
He entered Princeton in 1942 and graduated in 1948, having served 34 months in the Army, including combat with the 28th Division. A member of Cottage Club, he played club rugby and freshman football.
A 1952 graduate of Columbia Physicians and Surgeons Medical School, he interned at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and was appointed an ob-gyn at Sloan Hospital for Women. Earning the admiration of his colleagues and students, as well as scores of patients, his interests were divided between practice, teaching, and clinical research. He published frequently in medical journals and wrote for and coedited the College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Medical Guide. He was vice chairman of the Sloan Hospital Obstetrical Dept. and was president of the N.Y. Obstetrical Society from 1984-85.
Duane’s second home was at Siasconset, Nantucket, where he enjoyed fishing, painting, golf, and croquet and contemplating the Atlantic from his cottage porch.
He leaves his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane Keith, two children, Alison and George, two grandchildren, and a brother, Donald. The class offers our deep sympathy to all the family.
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DAVID MONTGOMERY HART ’48
Dave Hart, a noted anthropologist and expert on the tribes of the Rif Highlands of Morocco, died on May 22, 2001, after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He resided in Garrucha (Almeria), Spain.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Dave lived for many years among Berber-speaking peoples. He wrote a number of books on his Rif experiences. He also did field work in Pakistan and archival research in several European countries. He was fluent in two Berber languages as well as Arabic, German, French, and Spanish. A research foundation in his name was founded at the U. of Granada.
Dave attended South Kent School and at Princeton was a member of Campus Club and the Oriental Club as well as president of the German Club. He graduated in June 1949 in modern languages and received his MA from Penn in 1951.
In the mid-1960s Dave married Ursula Cook Kingsmill, an Englishwoman who lived with him among the Berber tribes. She, too, was a prolific author. Ursula died about two years ago. The class will miss this illustrious scholar.
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DONALD PAUL DICKSON ’49
The class and the university lost a stellar person when Don died on Dec. 12, 2000. He was 77.
Don came to Princeton from James Madison H.S. in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and after three years of service in the Coast Guard during WWII. At Princeton he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School. He graduated magna cum laude while completing his degree in three years. He was a member of Cap and Gown Club. In his second year he married Georganna Dean, whom he had met in Chancellor Green Library, in the Princeton Chapel. Their first son was baptized there the day Don graduated. They later had three more sons.
During his successful business career in Cincinnati, New Jersey, and New York he served as class agent for AG, class president, and in 1977 as chair of the Alumni Council. After his heart attack forced him to retire to farm life in Pomfret, Conn., he remained as active as his health would allow.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Georganna, four sons, John, Peter, David, and Andrew, and 10 grandchildren. The class and the entire Princeton community express their sympathy to them.
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MAX DAVID GUNTHER ’49
Max died of emphysema on his 71st birthday, June 28, 1998, in a nursing home near Southbury, Conn.
Max was born in Mendon, England, and grew up in Maplewood, N.J., where he attended Columbia H.S. At Princeton he majored in English and the humanities. He worked on The Tiger and the Daily Princetonian, and wrote scripts for WPRU. He rowed on the crew and belonged to Key and Seal Club.
Following Princeton he wrote for Business Week and Time. In 1952 he married Dorothy Eckberg; they had three children. In 1956 he quit commuting and became a freelance writer, contributing to a host of first-rate magazines. In addition he authored the ’49 class surveys for our 10th, 20th, and 25th yearbooks.
Over time he collaborated on, or wrote himself, some 28 books. When Dottie died in 1987 he retired from writing and engaged in his hobbies of hiking, poker, cooking, the stock market, and playing mandolin in a jazz group.
Max was survived by his son, Bob, daughters Kate and Meg, and six grandchildren. The class extends its heartfelt sympathy to them on the loss of this kind, creative, hard-working, and rather private man.
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ROBERT HUBBELL HEATH ’49
Bob died on May 20, 1988, in Mt. Laguna, Calif. He was 71. He prepared for Princeton at State H.S. in Kalamazoo, Mich. Bob left Princeton in 1947 and earned his BA from the U. of Western Michigan in 1949. After a year in the insurance business he went to Union Theological Seminary and graduated in 1953.
Bob entered the Navy as a chaplain and remained on active duty for 26 years, retiring as a captain.
In June of 1949 he married Winfred Luther, and they had three children. After he retired they lived in Mt. Laguna, which is located in the Cleveland Natl. Forest, where they were docents helping visitors to the forest. Bob also served as pastor of the Mt. Laguna Community Church and was active in the San Diego Presbytery. He also served as a representative of the Presbyterian Ministers Fund.
At his death Bob was survived by his wife, Winfred, sons Paul and David, daughters Elizabeth and Billie, a sister, and four grandchildren. The class extends it sympathies to each of them at the passing of this most dedicated man.
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ULYSSES GRANT BUCHANAN III ’50
Buck died of a heart attack on Apr. 13, 2001, aboard a French canal boat near Toulouse after completing a voyage with lifelong friends and his wife, Betsey. Born June 30, 1925, in Ambler, Pa., he graduated from Hill School and joined our class after serving in the Navy. An economics major, he was active in Theater Intime and Tower Club.
Buck’s working career took him twice around the world and included several years in Indonesia with Standard Vacuum, where his sales trips were made by plane, car, bus, train, motorcycle, inter-island steamer, and motor launch. After their early marriage years in California with Tidewater Oil, he and Betsey lived in Singapore, where he was vice president of Southeast Asia Operations for Fluor.
In retirement in Orange County, Calif., Buck was renowned for his love of opera and his keen interest in history and foreign affairs, serving on the boards of the Guild Alliance of Opera Pacific and Orange County World Affairs Council. He was also vestryman of St. Margaret’s of Scotland Episcopal Church. This genial classmate will be missed. The class sends its condolences to Betsey, daughters Carol Shestag and Diana Rigney, and granddaughter Ariel.
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RANDALL EDWARD BRUNE ’52
Randy died from heart failure on Feb. 2, 2001, in Syracuse, N.Y., two months after bypass surgery. Family, close friends, and colleagues gathered in his home for a time of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Entering Princeton as an NROTC student, Randy transferred to Columbia after he married Chloe Stewart in 1951. Inspired by Gilbert Dunklin to explore the Romantic poets, he completed both BA and MA degrees in English at Columbia. Military service followed at Ft. Devens, Mass., where he was an instructor. He taught at Keuka College and Syracuse U. while completing his PhD dissertation there. He was professor and director of the freshman English program at Syracuse until he retired in 1995.
Randy’s passion was the conservation of woodlands: He was involved in trail-building for the Adirondack Mountain Club and the North Country Trail Assn. He and a colleague designed and built 100 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail, for which they received the Wallace Wood Award in 1993. Later, he also took up painting.
Randy is survived by a daughter, Margot Dengel, two sons, Tracy and Gordon, two sisters, and five grandchildren. We offer them our deepest sympathy.
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JOHN JAY HALL ’52
Following successful bypass surgery, John Hall died in the hospital from a severe bacterial infection on May 23, 2001. John had requested that his ashes be scattered at the blue-fishing grounds in the Atlantic.
A graduate of Lawrenceville, John majored in physics at Princeton, and joined Tower Club. He withdrew and went to Paris to study sculpture; he mounted a successful show, married Ann Fabre, and the family returned to New York in 1954. John transferred to Columbia, where he received his PhD in physics in 1963. He spent his professional life with IBM, where he received several outstanding Invention and Contribution Awards.
John’s love of fishing drew him back to the sea. He fished out of Sheepshead Bay for years, and helped lead the struggle to retain its character as a haven for boating and fishing. With Vivian Britt, his life-partner of 32 years, he built a 40-foot hull into a working boat. In addition to sculpture, he also developed a profound knowledge of music.
John is survived by Vivian and his children, John, Maura, and Benjamin. The class extends them our deep condolences.
The Class of 1952
DUNCAN MERRIAM LUKE ’52
Duncan Luke died on Jan. 31, 1998, at his residence, Equinox Terrace, in Manchester, Vt., where he had lived since 1983. He was 67.
Duncan attended public schools in Irvington, N.Y., and graduated from the Millbrook School. At Princeton he belonged to Charter Club and majored in economics. He was a manager of the baseball team, and was active in the Bridge Club. Prior to joining the Air Force, he also attended Depauw U. Following discharge from the Air Force in 1956, Duncan joined the foreign department of the Borden Co., and traveled extensively in Holland, Panama, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. He moved next to Denver, where he owned a record store, and was later business manager of the Santa Fe Opera Co. In Manchester, Duncan was respected as a gifted chef, an avid bridge player, and deeply informed in both classical music and early jazz.
Duncan is survived by a son, Gregory, his brother, Donald, and his former wife, Gay Galligan. We extend to them our profound condolences.
The Class of 1952
WILLIAM ROY PIERSON ’52
Bill died in Reno on Jan. 1, 2000, of cancer. At his memorial service, Bill was remembered for his personal and scientific integrity, dedication to mentoring, and sense of humor, in addition to a record of formidable scientific achievement.
At Princeton, Bill majored in chemical engineering, sang in the Chapel Choir and Glee Club, and played in the band all four years. His innate musical ability allowed him to shift instruments, keeping him in the front row of the marching band. Science and music were lifelong passions, and he had great talent for both.
After Navy service, Bill completed his PhD in inorganic chemistry at MIT in 1959, followed by a postdoc at the Fermi Institute at the U. of Chicago. Bill devoted his life to the analysis and control of air pollution, with basic research in atmospheric chemistry at Ford Motor Co. and later at the Desert Research Institute. In recognition, Ford has established in his name a graduate fellowship in environmental research at the U. of California, Riverside.
Bill is survived by his wife, Juliet; daughters Elizabeth Pierson and Anne Veis; grandchildren Jeremy and Jennifer Veis; and his sister, Patricia Peterson. To them, we extend our deepest sympathy.
The Class of 1952
PETER WELLES POTEN ’52
Pete died of lung cancer on Sept. 10, 2000, at his home in Australia. He was 69. He came to Princeton from the Peddie School, majored in history, and was a member of Elm Club. Pete left in 1951, went to Army OCS, and was a platoon leader in Korea, where he saw combat. He returned to Princeton after his military tour and graduated with the class of 1955. He emigrated to Australia in 1974. Pete did not keep in close touch with Princeton or the class, though he stayed in contact with his classmate Frank Andrews ’52 and with S. Norton Jacobi ’55, who also lives in Australia. His recent marriage to Rowan culminated a long relationship; she was a great joy to him, and she was at his side when he died. Our deepest regrets go out to his children and to his wife, Ro, who knew his love perhaps better than anyone.
The Class of 1952
JOHN BAILEY GIBSON ’53
John died in San Francisco on May 2, 1990, after a brief illness. An Albany, N.Y., native, John graduated from Albany Academy in a class of 36 students, four of whom entered Princeton in the fall of 1949.
John transferred to Hamilton College in 1950 and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1952, he enlisted in the Air Force. Upon his discharge in 1954, he returned to Hamilton and reveled in fraternity life as “the old man” of the Deke house. He graduated in 1957.
After employment with an automobile agency in Miami, Fla., John moved to San Francisco and became associated with the Hartford Insurance Co. In Feb. 1961, he married Dawn Rowland. John remained in the insurance industry until he retired in 1989.
Matt Bender fondly recalls John, sometimes called “Gib,” as a spirited individual. Sincere sympathy goes out to his sons, Michael and Robert.
The Class of 1953
WALTER KENNEY ’54
Walter died Nov. 14, 2000. He prepared for Princeton at Taunton [Mass.] H.S. While at Princeton he majored in Oriental languages and literature. He was a member of Tower Club and served as its treasurer.
After Princeton, he moved to NYC and trained in banking. He then moved to St. Louis and joined the Maritz Co., specializing in corporate incentive plans. At the time of his death, he was living in Columbia, Mo. The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Virginia, his daughter, and two sons.
The Class of 1954
DONALD DANCE KIRBY ’57
Our class only recently received notice of Dan’s death in 1993. At Princeton Dan majored in SPEC in modern languages and literature. He joined Cottage Club.
After Princeton, Dan did his graduate education at NYU, attaining an MBA in finance and business. Dan also studied at the U. of Lille in France and at the U. Per Stranieri in Italy. He spent one and a half years at a French textile company. He then began a career in finance at Chase Bank in NYC, and later moved to R. W. Pressprich, A. G. Becker, and lastly to Kidder Peabody in Houston.
Our class extends its sympathy to his widow, Ghislaine, his son, Dan Jr., and his daughter, Elizabeth.
The Class of 1957
PETER SCHUYLER ALSOP ’58
Peter died of cancer on Mar. 29, 2001, in NYC. He entered Princeton from South Kent. He majored in religion and belonged to Tower Club and Orange Key. In 1957 and 1958 Peter coxed the lightweight varsity crew. His undefeated 1957 boat won the Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 1956 he, Arthur Allen, and Neil Chrisman finished third in the coxed pairs Olympic trials.
After graduation Peter taught at Punahou in Honolulu but soon headed for NYC, crossing the continent by motorcycle. Much of his career was spent in investment counseling, at Chemical Bank, Fiduciary Trust, and Lehman Management. He bore his reverses in an agricultural venture in Florida and an unintentional securities law violation with unfailing good nature, as he did his lifelong bouts with asthma and his final illness.
He was a Hewitt School board president, Blue Hill Troupe president, Union Settlement board member, Computers for Learning leader, and Union Club member. The entire clergy of Saint James Church participated in his funeral, attended by many friends.
Peter’s marriages to Susan Getzendanner and Catherine Banzky ended in divorce. To his daughter, Schuyler, the class extends its sympathy and regard.
The Class of 1958
RALPH CAVALIER ’58
Ralph Cavalier died on May 29, 2000. Ralph was raised in Margate, N.J., and came to Princeton from Atlantic City H.S.
At Princeton he rowed with the 150-lb. freshman crew, majored in biology, and was a member of Charter Club. After leaving Princeton, he received his medical degree from Hahnemann and went on to become a very distinguished orthopedic surgeon. Ralph was a past president of the New Jersey Orthopedic Society and past chairman of the Dept. of Surgery of the Atlantic City Medical Center.
For those who knew Ralph at Princeton it is easy to imagine how his family and patients must have loved him. He was always cheerful and had a wonderful way of spreading his positive attitude to others. This characteristic and his ability to treat everyone as special were very endearing qualities.
The class sends its sympathy to his wife, Carole, daughter Gwen, and son Buck.
The Class of 1958
KENNETH GIRARD HOWIE ’58
Jerry died on May 25, 2000, in Fair Haven, N.J. He came to Princeton from Lawrenceville and left in January of our sophomore year to enter the family construction business, R. A. Howie, Jr. & Sons. In 1963 he joined the commercial real estate firm of L. W. Ellwood and Co., where he ultimately became the owner. He retired in 1996.
Jerry was a board member of the Monmouth Museum and served as a vestryman and warden at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson, N.J. The Church was an important part of Jerry’s life and many of his retirement hours were spent on church activities and outreach programs. Jerry was an avid sailor and was a member of the Rumson Yacht Club, where he became vice commodore. Through his life he was involved in competitive sailing and was an encouraging figure for young sailors. Jerry enjoyed gardening and cared for a topiary holly hedge on his property that has been registered with the Smithsonian.
The class extends its sympathy to his wife of 40 years, Anna Grace Dovell, two sons, Steven and David, and a daughter, Elizabeth.
The Class of 1958
JOHN CRITTENDEN SAWHILL ’58
John died from complications from diabetes on May 18, 2000. He came to Princeton from Gilman School in Baltimore; majored in the Woodrow Wilson School; was a member of Colonial Club and a heavyweight wrestler.
After graduation, John earned a PhD in economics from NYU. He had an extraordinary career, succeeding in education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. He served three presidents, as associate director at the Office of Management and Budget under Nixon; energy czar under Ford; deputy secretary of energy under Carter. As president of NYU, he helped to revive the university’s finances. As a senior partner of McKinsey, he specialized in energy issues. For the past two decades he was head of the Nature Conservancy. During his tenure the Conservancy protected more than seven million acres in the U.S. alone.
John was chair of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, board member of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and the Commission on the Future of the Smithsonian, and a past trustee of Princeton.
John gave us all so much and still had much to give. The class extends its deepest sympathy to his wife of 42 years, Isabel, and his son, James.
The Class of 1958
JOSEPH R. BURNS ’59 *62
Joe “Red,” electrical engineer and inventor, died at his home in West Trenton on Apr. 18, 2001.
A member of Cannon Club at Princeton, Joe played both varsity baseball and basketball for three years, and was one of “Cappy” Cappon’s “Iron Five.” He majored in electrical engineering. Joe attended Princeton’s graduate engineering school, receiving his MSE in 1962. He received a doctorate in electrical engineering from Rutgers in 1968.
During his career Joe worked at RCA’s Sarnoff Laboratory; ITEC in Massacusetts; Inselect, a company that developed sapphire silicone used in missiles; Princeton Resources; Princeton Research Technology; and Mikros Systems.
A prolific inventor holding many patents, Joe cofounded Ocean Power Technology, which developed a device to convert the turbulence of waves into electricity. He worked closely with the Dept. of Defense to develop radar and communications systems for Navy fighter aircraft and aircraft carriers. He also taught at Trenton Junior College and La Salle U.
Joe is survived by his wife, JoAnne; two daughters, Jennifer Burns and Karen Candelori; a stepson, Scott Schrenk; and a brother, Dennis, to all of whom the class sends its sympathy.
The Class of 1959
JOHN WYATT RANDOLPH ’61
John died of prostate cancer on Sept. 21, 2000, at Monongalia General Hosp. in Morgantown, W.Va., his home of many years.
Born in Clarksburg, W.Va., John prepared for Princeton at Washington Irving H.S., where he was elected to the Natl. Honor Society. At Princeton his love of music was exemplified by his membership in the Glee Club and the Chapel Choir. John took his meals at Tower and majored in mathematics. Following his earning a PhD in mathematics, John embarked on a teaching career that culminated in a professional position at W. Va. U.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanore, three sons, and two daughters, two stepsons, a brother, and a grandson. With them, we mourn the passing of our classmate.
The Class of 1961
MICHAEL STUART WURMFELD ’61 *63
We lost Mike to cancer on July 16, 2000, after a long and courageous struggle.
Born and raised in NYC, he came to us from Horace Mann School. At Princeton he was a member of Tower. An architecture major, he went on to earn an MFA from Princeton and to attend the U. of Rome as a Fulbright scholar.
Then followed a distinguished career in architecture as president of Wurmfeld Associates in NYC and in professional associations here and abroad. He was especially proud of the many projects in which he was involved at Princeton, working with director of physical planning Jon Hlafter ’61*63, who was his roommate in graduate school. Among them were the Class of ’52 Stadium, Stevens Fitness Center at Dillon, and the Squash Center at Jadwin. An active member of the class, Mike was a regular at reunions and other class events. Mike is survived by his wife, Hope, son Charles, daughter Eden, his mother, and a brother, whom we join in mourning his passing.
The Class of 1961
MICHAEL J. CUNNINGHAM ’73
Mike died at home on Apr. 5, 2001, after a five-year bout with multiple myeloma. Born in Philadelphia, Mike attended Episcopal Academy, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and baseball. At Princeton, Mike’s football career was cut short freshman year by a serious knee injury. He was an economics major and a member of Cottage.
Mike devoted his professional life to serving at Episcopal Academy and Haverford School as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Beloved by students, parents, and colleagues alike, Mike spent many years teaching English and math and coaching numerous athletic teams. Mike served as middle school head at Haverford from 1986-96 and as dean of faculty from 1996 until his death.
Mike is survived by his mother, Maryanne, four brothers, three sisters, his wife, Paula, and his two children, Kevin and Gail.
The Class of 1973
JEFFREY W. BERGER ’85
Jeff died Jan. 25, 2001, of stomach cancer. Jeff earned his degree from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was active at Stevenson Hall.
Jeff earned an MD-PhD at Penn, completed a residency at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, and took a faculty position at Scheie Eye Institute at Penn, where he specialized in retinal diseases and vitreoretinal surgery. Jeff was acknowledged as an expert on laser-tissue interactions as well as optical imaging, and he collaborated with researchers from around the world. Professional accomplishments include the founding of the Computer Vision Laboratory at Penn, the principal editorship of the textbook entitled Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and numerous other publications.
Jeff was admired by his friends for his modesty, inquisitiveness, and quick wit. Above all he was dedicated to his family, spending time every day with his children, whom he took to Princeton every autumn to hike through the woods at the Institute for Advanced Study.
In Jeff’s memory, his family has established the Jeffrey W. Berger Research Scholarship Foundation c/o Karen Berger, 412 Tanforan Dr, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Our class extends its deepest sympathy to Jeff’s wife, Karen, and his three children, Joseph, Tamar, and Adina.
The Class of 1985